The 26-year-old is tormented by tendinitis of the knee and can be unable to defend the singles title he won in Beijing in 2008.
“I don’t notice myself during a condition to compete,” he said. “It is one in every of the saddest moments of my career.”
The Spanish 11-time Grand Slam winner was expected to hold his nation’s flag throughout the gap ceremony in London.
Nadal, ranked third within the world, became the primary top-five male to win the Olympic singles when he beat Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez within the final four years ago.
“I am ineffective to compete at the Olympics in London and thus won’t be traveling as planned with the Spanish delegation,”
“I got to place confidence in my colleagues. I can’t be selfish and that i got to think about the great of Spanish sport, particularly Spanish tennis, and let a team-mate who is healthier ready to compete.
“I’ve waited till the ultimate moment of my preparation and my coaching, however I cannot do it.”
The RFET said world variety thirty Feliciano Lopez would replace Nadal, whereas the country’s Olympic committee can choose a replacement flag bearer at a gathering on Friday.
Nadal includes a history of knee issues, with tendinitis ruling him out for a lot of of the 2009 season and a lot of recently forcing him to withdraw from a charity match against Novak Djokovic.
The two-time Wimbledon champion has not competed since his second-round exit at the All England Club in June, where he lost to then-world variety one hundred Lukas Rosol in 5 sets.
He are going to be hoping the prolonged break can increase his possibilities of being match for the US Open, that begins on twenty seven August.
Spain have conjointly learned their reigning Olympic cycling road race champion Samuel Sanchez won’t compete in London.
The 34-year-old broke his collar bone during a fall throughout stage eight of the Tour de France, forcing him to drag out of the race.
“Although he’s in sensible physical form, he’s still suffering an explicit quantity of pain in his hand and shoulder,” said Spanish team coach Jose Luis de Santos.
“He was struggling to carry the handlebars and to vary gears that may are dangerous during a race. For this we’ve got determined he will not head to London.”